Well friends, it's been a while since my last post but I'm excited to show you the progress we've made opening up our stairway. We took the walls down, added the support & new headers, installed new railings, newel posts and spindles, added trim to the doorway and finally got to paint! We still have a lot to do: repair floors, remove carpet, add new wood treads and then finish up the trim but it's nice to take a step back and see how far we've come.
Here is the awful before, right when we were moving in:
And now the view from that same spot:
Before the kitchen remodel:
And the now of that same wall or lack thereof:
Here's a little bit closer up of the railings and the finishing touches still needed:
We bought all the railings, newel posts and spindles from Home Depot. I'm surprised we actually accomplished this much considering there a professionals who only install stairs/railings for a reason.. it's tough to get it right. We had to start over a couple times but it's worth it now.
Just one more before & after: